So I finally got the guts to turn on the torch at home without help. What can I say, I am a little chicken when it comes to new things. I melted a few beads and had a few successes, but the point was to learn and I did.
I tried a lot of bead caps and found that these worked the best. I had quite a few that the enamel chipped off, but they were plated so I am confident that they would not have done that if they had been solid metal.
The same thing happened with the beads and I am sure it was the plating that caused it to do that. I love these two beads, they are my favorite. From the colours to the shapes, the best out of the batch.
I hope to have the energy to try it again tonight